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Wednesday, February 6, 2013
ESPN 300 TE to Cincinnati

By Corey Dowlar

Travis Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Jesuit) has found a home at Cincinnati.

The 6-foot-3, 231-pound ESPN 300 tight end chose the Bearcats over Missouri, Rutgers and USF on Wednesday afternoon, electing to join new assistant coach Eddie Gran's offense.

The nation's sixth-best tight end prospect should give Cincinnati another dimension in the passing game.

Johnson originally committed to Miami back in June, but would go on to part ways with the Hurricanes in December. Cincinnati, with Gran's Florida ties, were able to secure an official visit on the weekend of Jan. 11.

The rest, then, is history.

What is the impact of Johnson's decision?

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What it means for Cincinnati: Johnson will be afford Cincinnati to be a little more diverse on offense as a legit threat in the passing game. His catching ability is among the best in the country at the tight end position.

What it means for USF, Missouri and Rutgers: USF would have loved to have kept a local talent at home, and Missouri and Rutgers are always on the lookout for solid tight ends. For USF, it would have meant strengthening their reputation amongst in-state prospects, while the out-of-state programs would have earned a foothold in the state.

Turning point: Cincinnati hiring Eddie Gran. Known as a tireless recruiter, Gran has been a thorn in many programs over the years when it comes to recruiting in the state of Florida. He has now taken up the offensive coordinator position.

Surprise (scale of 1-5): 3. Some figured Johnson would stay at home or head to the Big 12, but it was Cincinnati that took Johnson's recruitment by storm.

Immediate impact (scale of 1-5): 4. Johnson has the tools to step in right away and contribute. As an ESPN 300 prospect, he should be able to help out Gran's offense in the first year.